1) "Johnny Marr-endorsed, overlooked Britpop heroes." - Q Magazine's 'Track Of The Day', August 2014 Marion were an English alternative indie group, originally formed in 1993, in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Jaime Harding (singer) became friends with Joe Moss (the ex-manager of The Smiths and huge music fan). Joe assisted Jaime in the creation of a new group which Jaime already knew he wanted to call Marion. Joe taught Jaime the history of all kinds of music going back as far as 1920s blues, which he had previously done for Johnny Marr at the start of The Smiths.
Joe Moss helped Jaime find and inspire musicians including Anthony Grantham, Phil Cunningham and Murad Mousa who he had attended school with. Once the group was formed, a 5 piece of Jaime Harding (singing), Anthony Grantham (guitar), Phil Cunningham (guitar), Julian Philips (bass), Murad Mousa (drums), Joe immediately found a permanent rehearsal space for Marion in the basement of the Night & Day Cafe on Oldham Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter. It took 9 months of 6/7 days a week writing and rehearsing for the band to be ready to play London gigs and attract a major record company deal. After releasing the debut single 'Violent Men' on Rough Trade Records, a bidding war began between the major record labels, with Marion eventually signing to London Records and Island Music Publishing in October 1994.
In March 1995, Julian left the group, replaced by Nick Gilbert who featured on all other Marion recordings. Marion were never media darlings and built up their loyal following through constant gigging which eventually took them into the charts with a Top 10 Selling Album in the form of their debut 'This World & Body' in February 1996. Before that, Marion were handpicked and toured with the likes of Morrissey, Radiohead, Ian McCulloch of Echo & The Bunnymen and Manic Street Preachers. Although Marion were very much a group that stood out on their own, journalistically they were included into the 1990s Britpop music scene, appearing on the 'Britpop Now' BBC television special, among many other TV and Radio Britpop programmes, including a stunning live performance of 'Sleep' on Channel 4's The Word in February 1995.Make Marion Playlist